Crime and Police

Winnipeg police homicide unit investigating death of man in park on Higgins Ave

Winnipeg police are investigating what they’re calling a “suspicious death” of a man found in a park on Higgins ave and Maple street early Wednesday morning.

Police were called to William Whyte Park around 7 a.m., after a report came in that a man was dead.

The Winnipeg police forensic unit looks for clues and bags evidence after the death of man at William Whyte Park on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

The Winnipeg police forensic unit looks for clues and bags evidence after the death of man at William Whyte Park on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

Officers from the police forensic unit were also at the scene to look for clues and bag evidence.

The area which was blocked off by police tape is not far from the Salvation Army and Main Street Project, places frequented by the city’s homeless.

A shopping cart and personal items including clothes and a tent could be seen.

An officer from the forensic unit takes photographs of a tent after the death of man at William Whyte Park on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

An officer from the forensic unit takes photographs of a tent after the death of man at William Whyte Park on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

Const. Rob Carver of the Winnipeg Police Service later told media that members of the homicide unit are investigating.

Police haven’t released any other information about the investigation or if any arrests have been made.

The city has seen 23 homicides so far this year. In 2011, Winnipeg had a record number of 41 murders.

The Winnipeg police forensic unit was at the scene after the “suspicious death” of man at William Whyte Park on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

The Winnipeg police forensic unit was at the scene after the “suspicious death” of man at William Whyte Park on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

Police ask anyone with information that could assist this investigation to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).